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Building First PC, looking for advice/suggestions

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August 20, 2012 6:34:04 PM

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/f9fx
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/f9fx/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/f9fx/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor ($159.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($118.59 @ NCIX US)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($43.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($85.98 @ Outlet PC)
Storage: Crucial M4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($99.99 @ B&H)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 560 Ti 1GB Video Card ($204.37 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Antec 750W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($75.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $788.90
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-08-20 14:20 EDT-0400)


PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/f9h6
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/f9h6/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/f9h6/benchmarks/

CPU: AMD FX-4170 4.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($117.00 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Asus M5A99X EVO ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($109.98 @ NCIX US)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($43.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($85.98 @ Outlet PC)
Storage: Crucial M4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($99.99 @ B&H)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 560 Ti 1GB Video Card ($204.37 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Antec 750W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($75.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $737.30
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-08-20 14:25 EDT-0400)


These are the two builds I've come up with so far. Same thing except for CPU and MoBo...

I won't be buying a monitor, I already have a nice HD one.
I'll be running Windows 7, getting it free as a student. :) 

I'm debating the AMD vs Intel to pretty much save myself the $70 on a CPU. I just want the best within my budget, which is about the $700-$800 range. Obviously I'd rather it be closer to 7, but it's negotiable either way.

I plan on doing a little bit of gaming and a lot of coding (I'm a Computer Science student). Until May, it'll pretty much just be for school with not much gaming. Afterwards, however, I see myself gaming a lot more without the burden of homework.

Any advice/suggestions/related life experience would be very helpful.

Thanks a ton in advance!


August 20, 2012 7:42:21 PM

If possible, always go Intel for gaming.
Go for a Ivy Bridge CPU + a Z77 motherboard. Sandy Bridge and Z68 are "outdated" now.

Are you going to do SLI in the future?
August 20, 2012 9:45:24 PM

I'm not sure. Probably, if I get into gaming. I'd like to leave myself open for upgrades.
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August 21, 2012 2:11:33 AM

Upgraded the CPU and Mobo, per suggestion. A little more than I wanna pay, but I can be patient i guess.

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/fbRd
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/fbRd/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/fbRd/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($134.99 @ Microcenter)
Memory: Corsair XMS3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($42.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Corsair Force Series 3 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1.5TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($98.71 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Galaxy GeForce GTX 560 Ti 1GB Video Card ($227.55 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master Elite 311 (Orange) ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Cooler Master 550W ATX12V Power Supply ($44.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $879.18
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-08-20 22:12 EDT-0400)
August 21, 2012 5:25:03 AM

I'd rather get a more reliable SSD than that Corsair one. Something like the Crucial M4.
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